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Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel

Friday, September 12th, 2008


The Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel of Southern California is one of the most elegant lodging facilities of its kind. Today, I wanted to share some basic information about this hotel to give some insight into one of the great travel offerings in this part of the country. If you appreciate luxury hotels, the Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel is a great option for you or your family when staying in Southern California.What makes the Viceroy Hotel so unique? I’m glad you asked. First, upon arrival most visitors are awestruck by the gorgeous setting of this impressive vacation property.

This hotel is so inspiring visually it seems like the place just popped right out of a Thomas Kinkade painting! Personally, I adore environments like this whether I am enjoying a leisurely vacation away from home or entertaining guests in my hometown.Just imagine lounging by the pool while taking in the luscious scenery. (Are you imagining yourself at the Pam Springs Viceroy Hotel yet? I certainly hope so.) Or, picture an unforgettable wedding for one of your family members. The Viceroy special events facilities can help you achieve an event production in Southern California that you will never forget!

In fact, many stars have stayed here in the past to relax and enjoy the Hollywood Regency mode of this spectacular hotel. Who knows which mega star you might run into during your stay or event at the Viceroy? In such a magical setting, the options are limitless.

One thing you are sure not to forget is the friendly and courteous hotel customer service. When was the last time you visited a hotel where the staff actually went above and beyond the basics? Well, from what I’ve gathered, the personable service at the Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel is very standard. Virtually everyone who visits this Southern California hotel notes the prompt service at the desk and in the valet.

The next time you are in the Southern California area, pay a visit to the Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel to see some one of the most impressive vacation destinations in the area.

William F. Cody, Architect, Palm Springs CA

Monday, April 21st, 2008

William Cody, Del Marcos Hotel

Some of the modern architect in Palm Springs, California is credited to the hard work and diligence of William F. Cody, a man well known for his building of many popular landmarks still fully functioning today.Although he hailed from Dayton, Ohio, he attended USC and following his graduation moved to Palm Springs where he began his long admired journey into modernism. In 1947 Cody designed and built his first hotel, the Del Marcos which is one of the main locations today known for its breath taking, modern design.

Built with an awe inspiring view of the San Jacinto mountains in the background, this magnificent hotel is located a mere one block from downtown historic Palm Springs.In 1955, Cody helped design, in a joint project with other architects, the Spa Hotel. This design boasts the classic angles and designs that mark it as a modern masterpiece. Following this group creation was Cody’s double flaunt for the public eye, the Springs Restaurant and the Eldorado Country Club, both of which became well known public gathering locations famous for drawing in many crowds.The J.B. Shamel residence was designed and built in 1961 and shortly following was his next great creation of the home once owned by designer Hal Broderick, the Abernathy House. Built in 1962, this fantastic home is one of Cody’s best remembered projects.The later years of his career produced some of his most well known works, both the Palm Springs Library and the Theresa Catholic Church, built in 1973. These were his last projects completed before he suffered a stroke and passed away in 1978.

Both locations are steeped in modernism, giving them a much coveted place on the list of local wonders. With the inside of the library boasting open spaces and modern design that makes the most of windows and light, the beauty is rivaled only by the outward design that draws attention of visitors and locals alike. Recognized as one of the designers responsible for a broad range of residential and commercial projects, his notoriety expands over Havana, San Diego, Palm Springs, and many other locations. Popular for wide expanses of space and large windows with sloping angles most often associated with modern architect, Cody left a legacy of beauty and inspiration not only for future predecessors of architects and designers, but also for those that visit and live in his creations. Although his passing is mourned, his buildings live on as a historic part of Palm Springs and in numerous other locations. Showing a genuine passion for design and uniqueness, Cody created memories and projects that have lasted decades, and will last for many more. These projects have served to inspire later architects in both design and efficiency.

From hotels to homes, clubs to churches, William F. Cody gave something to the world to inspire and change the people around them. His projects are remembered for their beauty of design and their awareness of life. Come experience Palm Springs, experience modernism in a way guaranteed to make you feel right at home.

Elaine Stewart

Port Lawrence in Palm Springs, CA

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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Following with the over all modern look to Palm Springs comes the Port Lawrence Residences, newly offering a place for those modernists that cannot seem to feel at home in anything less than a true awe inspiring residence. Port Lawrence offers a wide variety of living arrangements, from studio lofts to penthouses and nearly everything in between.

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William Krisel Architect - A Legend in Palm Springs Architecture

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008


With the myriad of astounding architectural designs used in and around Palm Springs, it is obvious that some of the most notorious architects have lived or designed there. One of the more noteworthy ones being William Krisel, AIA of the firm Palm & Krisel which began it’s reign in 1924. Since 1954 William Krisel has been invariably building his fame and notoriety, literally, as a landscape architect and winning the hearts of many with his intriguing designs that have lasted over a duration of time. Some of his more popular designs have been used world wide as models for studies and instruction in the intricacies of modern architecture.

Over the course of his fifty-one year career, he is personally responsible for having designed well over thirty thousand domestic units in and around the Southern half of California. This incredible career began when he responded to an invitation from a close friend to design some houses in modern style which were to be named Royal Desert Palms. These distinguished homes are now referred to as Twin Palms due to the pair of Palm trees that accompanied each home. His resume contains such professionally designed buildings such as the Las Palmas Estates, the Sandpiper condominiums in Indian Wells and Palm Desert as well as numerous others. His reputation was rightly earned and it’s reach was far.


Modernism Week in Palm Springs

Monday, February 11th, 2008


Palm Springs, CA is truly becoming a city that never rests. Although this might seem contradictory to the general atmosphere in the scenic town, it has begun to define the majority of activities there. With something going on nearly every week, it comes as no surprise to announce another awe inspiring occasion.

This annual event has gained notoriety for the exciting mosaic of a multitude of architectural and design programs and events that are taking place in Palm Springs. This collaboration between some of the hierarchical seats of power in Palm Springs, such as the Palm Springs Historical Society, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Modernism Show, and the Palm Springs Art Museum is one sight you simply must see.

To attend this annual show is something to remember from the amazing sights to the splendor and grandeur of the scenic surroundings. With the focus set on architect and design, attendees are made privy to an awe inspiring collection of the old designs in conjunction with the new, bringing the past and the present into comparison to help re-invent Palm Springs and the beautiful history, both cultural and architectural. (more…)

Palm Springs Art Museum

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008


Like a breath of fresh air on one of the dog days of summer, the Palm Springs Art Museum comes close to being a once in a lifetime experience. Located in the desert surrounded by the arresting beauty of this strange world that appears on the outside to have no life, the museum was once a center focused on educating locals and tourists about the desert and it’s different moods. Completely unlike the traditional museum, the Palms Springs Art Museum ventures into another realm of reality, one that challenges your very senses to explain what is in front of you.

An excellent website for the museum enables you a wide variety of choices to view some of the most unusual displays that were produced by artists and arranged for the purpose viewing them. With colors and shapes, these artists that have supplied art to the museum that speaks many ideas, emotions, and portrayals. If you have found yourself slowly drifting away from nature, your help to regain that commune with yourself and the inner peace available for us all is possibly in these amazing displays. When acknowledged as works of art, (more…)